Renfrewshire Council

SOBS memorial tree 2018

Paying tribute to those we have lost

Next week I will join members of the Renfrewshire community to remember those who have lost their lives to suicide.

The service, taking place on Thursday 23 January, is hosted by support group Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and is open to all who wish to attend.

In 2010 I worked with former Provost Celia Lawson to establish a memorial tree in the grounds of Renfrewshire House that would allow the community to have a place to pay their respects to those lost all year round.

It's an honour that ten years on I can attend the service as Provost of Renfrewshire and lay a wreath of flowers at the tree.

As part of the service, those in attendance can choose to write a message on a purple heart and place it on the tree. Anyone who is unable to attend can ask at the council reception any time for a heart.

It's hugely important that we continue to break the taboo surrounding this issue and ensure people know that there is support available if they have lost someone to suicide or are dealing with suicidal thoughts themselves. No one should suffer alone.

You can call the Choose Life Team on 0141 849 2200, Samaritans on 116 123, Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or RAMH First Crisis on 0141 849 9090.

Or go along to the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) group who meet on the last Wednesday of every month at Johnstone Day Care Centre from 7.00-8.30pm.

You can collect a purple heart from the Marriage Suite at Renfrewshire House from 3:10pm on Thursday, with the service beginning at 3:30pm.

I hope to see some of you there to pay tribute to those we have lost.



Published 17 January 2020